Divemaster Internship

The head start in finding work.

How You Can  Become A Divemaster

There are three ways to get your Divemaster Certification

  1. You take a paid course.
  2. A full Divemaster internship with no fees
  3. Hybrid – A Combination of both

How Long will it take

  • Paid Course – 7 to 10 Days
  • Internship – 3 to 6 months
  • Hybrid 1- 3 months

Serious Considerations

  • Is education material included?
  • Are there any hidden costs
  • What personal diving equipment do you need
  • What are the  food and accommodation options
  • What happens if you need to take time away

Paid Course


  • Easy scheduling to meet your needs
  • Small group, or one to one instruction
  • Course work only
  • Fast time scale
  • Available locally


  • It can be a formal style of teaching
  • Little real-world scenarios
  • Can feel rushed
  • Often more theory-based
  • Limited opportunities for dives

Divemaster Internship


  • Learning in a real-world environment
  • More than one instructor giving input
  • Learning things outside  of the course
  • Gaining experience with paying customers
  • Multiple dives and conditions
  • Good intro to diving work


  • Time commitment is significant.
  • Formal training can be overlooked.
  • Expected to do physical and non-diving work
  • Living conditions might not be the best
  • Travel and living expenses



  • More structured learning agreement
  • Shorter time commitment
  • More concentrated on Diving work
  • Dive count will be increased
  • Reduced living costs


  • May need some payment for the course
  • Less hands on experience
  • More pressure to complete learning assignments
  • Reduced opportunity for Dive industry work
  • Fewer dive opportunities

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Shock, Horror

Why should I trust it! as an employer

Instructors issue Divemaster Certifications.

That’s like your airline pilot’s licence being granted by the instructor and not by an independent examiner.

Perhaps the Divemaster was the product of a ‘zero to hero’ instructor with 100 dives.

Maybe they are good friends or family of the instructor Many new instructors teach friends and family after their course.

Heck was the certification bought at the bar. Do you think it does not happen?

At a Dive Centre, where I was the new manager, I gave a Divemaster the final exam to complete as I had concerns. The result. 60% – fail

Which would you choose

A. Divemaster with a reference from the instructor looking for their first job

B. Divemaster with a reference from an instructor and Dive Centre Manager after three months on the job experience.

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Divemaster Internship

Nothing is perfect

There are exceptions

A formal stand-alone Course is excellent for:-

Divers looking to increase their skills and knowledge but do not want to work in diving.

Club based Dive leaders who have spent time organising, leading and supervising diving

Long term dive centre employees without a formal qualification

However, there is a major problem

No formal laid down content is a significant hurdle to Internships. How, as an employer, do I know what  knowledge and experiences you have gained when there are no standards

I know the course curriculum in the other courses and can expect and hope that you have met the standards.

The diving agencies are missing a trick here. By making the Internship an official option, they can set the standards.

From an employers point of View

The Stand-Alone Divemasters course does not include the duties performed daily by the Dive Centre staff.

You could be a Divemaster who has never been on a dive boat as a supervisor or been in the water with students.

You may have limited experience guiding divers or leading in general, and your understanding of non-diving duties could be limited.

What to look for

Learning how to be a DM on a well-documented and laid-out internship is a win-win – Win situation for the Instructing Dive Centre, your employer, and you.

Choosing the right dive centre that documents the entire experience is vital, so you know what you are signing up for.

Ask lots of questions and be selective.  

What not to look for

Are you looking for a Divemaster Internship for a  DM certificate and free diving in exchange for filling tanks?

If the answer is yes, hang up your potential Pro fins and look for an affordable recreational diving package instead.

Steer away sharply from any business offering such a course. That Dive centre is doing it for their benefit, not for yours

My Conclusion

Being a Divemaster is one of the most rewarding of jobs. 

Should you have a good experience, then your CV will reflect this. If not, a Divemaster Internship is an excellent opportunity for experience and hopefully a reference.

It also gives an excellent insight into the working life of a Diving Pro before the DM enters the workforce and finds out it’s not for them.

It is said that the best education is to learn by doing

I look forward to your comments below, or you can send me a message here.

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